Skerry, skerry guard

  • Clifford Embleton
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Extending seaward from many glacially eroded coasts, there is often a zone of low rocky islands (skerries) and partially submerged platforms of erosion ( strandflats , q.v.). The term skerry is derived from a Scandinavian root (Old Norse sker) and signifies a rocky islet, sometimes covered by the sea at high water. Skerry guard is an Anglicized form of the Norwegian skjaergård (Swedish: skärgård) that refers to the area of sea within which the skerries are found (gård is a yard or enclosure, not a guard). The features are well developed off the Norwegian coast, where the fringe of islands and reefs appears around Stavanger and continues (with breaks) to the North Cape, reaching a width of 50 km off Ranfjord in latitude 66°. Other typical skerry guard coasts are to be found off western Iceland, western Greenland, and Spitsbergen. The islets represent the postglacial accident of partial submergence of certain strandlat levels, or the partial submergence of glaciated lowland fjardcoasts...

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  1. Embleton, C., and King, C. A. M., 1975. Glacial Geomorphology. London: Edward Arnold Ltd., 573p.Google Scholar

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© Hutchinson Ross Publishing Company 1982

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